Dear All Friends,
Can you please confirm whether as an Employer can we pay the due Gratuity amount to employee without getting ourselves enrolled for the LIC - Gratuity Schemes. We have made calculations based upon the rule for Gratuity, so Can we directly pay this amount in the FAFS - Full & final Settlement of that Employee?

From India, Mumbai
As far as i know,Gratuity scheme with LIC , is an investment scheme for the accumilated Gratuity fund of the employee/s;Company diverts its liability of handling of the fund and opeartions in various scenarios.
Going with LIC will give following benefits
- Readily available funds.
- This is a non market linked scheme ,so fund will be available even if the market is up or down .
- Gratuity fund is treated as Business expense under Sec( 36) of Income Tax Act ,therefore there is an 100% rebate as well as 33% tax saving.
Also interest upto 8-9% is earned by the employee if scheme is installed under LIC,there is no financial implication if diverted towards LIC , only funding has to be done as per acturial valuation done by them.
Even if the fund can be managed by the company itself ,then above benefits would be out of picture ,therefore most of the companies try to invest the idle fund lying with them.
Parul Gupta

From India, Pune

Yes, as an employer you can pay gratuity, without getting yourself enrolled with LIC. The catch is that if you don't have the LIC policy (or from any other insurer) then you will have to pay form your own normal business expense as & when people leave your firm.
Companies usually pick one of the 2 options after carefully weighing the pros & cons. Just to let you know both options are still eligible for favourable tax treatment & savings
Ravi Shekhar CFA

From India, Delhi
Shyam Agrawal

Dear friend,
Absolutely no problem if you pay the gratuity to your retired employees or nominees of the expired employees from your own resources. The LIC or other insurance companies simply take over your responsibility for promotion of their business. If you find the gratuity payment from your own funds more economical than through some insurance company, nothing prevents you from doing so. Only consult your finance people and make sure that your option is in the best interest of your company. Once you pay the gratuity, your are fully complying with the law. The law enforcing machinery will not ask you anything in the matter.
With regards,
Shyam Agrawal

From India, Pune
Mr. Parul gupta clearly told that, your investment with lic is an investment. so you have to pay from yourself or through lic. anyway its your responsibility. you cannot refuse this. wishes to mr.P Gupta.
Ravi shankar.S

From India, Madras
Gratuity is paid to an employee once after the completion of 5 yrs of service, calculated on the last month salary drawn
ie Last Salary (Basic +DA) /26(No of working days) *15 (Half the month) *no of years of service completed
More then 6 mths is considered as one year

From India, Bangalore
Dear Friend,
As Parul rightly elaborated the fact about Gratuity Payment. I just would like to add that, the Payment of Gratuity Act does not talk about any such compulsion. It contains only the directives that, employer shall go for LIC or any other Insurance Provider. Best of Luck to you and Parul.

From India, Pune
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